Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Journey Escape the video game

For me, this is one of the most memorable video games of the 1980s. My friend Ann had it, and we played it in her basement all the time. Who remembers Journey Escape?

No, not the hit album. This was a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600, and it might have been the weirdest game I ever remember playing. Your job was to get the little pixilated versions of Journey band members past lusty groupies and evil promoters to their spaceship, the scarab thing pictured on the album. It also played a really tinny version of "Don't Stop Believin'." I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP.

Does anyone but me remember this game? Come on, it has a Wikipedia entry, I know it's real. Also, you can check out just how sad our video-game art of the era was on this page.

And here's a commercial! Supposedly it was the first rock video game. Did not exactly start a trend.

6 comments:

Brian said...

As a hardcore video gamer back in the day, I remember when the Journey video game came out -- a true WTF moment. It was a moment when you sensed that home video gaming had jumped the shark. And indeed that seemed to be the case until the PlayStation and Xbox came along.

Anonymous said...

I never played the home version but I played the arcade version in an arcade in Pasadena California. It was my favorite!

Anonymous said...

definitely remember this game. my siblings and I would play this a ton during summer vacations in the early 80s.

This and Riddle of the Sphynx

Anonymous said...

@ Brian.

While Atari 2600 may have jumped the shark, I think you are forgetting about a few epic consols between 1983 and 1995...

Anonymous said...

They were all a bit weird, M*A*S*H the game, E.T. the game. As far as rock games, I remember a few bands trying their luck... Motley Crew had a game, I think it was pinball...Kiss did a pinball one too. Aerosmith had a good shooter one. Now there's RockBand and Guitar Hero... ALL of these bands need to try again... especially the greatest band of them all, JOURNEY!!!

That is all

Anonymous said...

I forgot about INXS and criss cross doing a make your own music video back on Sega CD! LOL